Turkish search and rescue teams began combing through debris on Nov. 26 after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Albania's coastal city of Durres earlier in the day.
The teams are working in cooperation with local authorities.
They are being led by officials from Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and are using seismic and acoustic listening devices in a demolished building under the guidance of authorities.
The teams will work continuously to locate victims.
At least 20 people have died in the earthquake, according to authorities.
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The Albanian Health Ministry said at least 600 people were injured.
The quake struck Durres at 3:54 a.m. (0254GMT), according to Albania’s Geosciences, Energy, Water and Environment Institute.
It was felt in other cities, particularly the capital Tirana, as well as in North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.
Hours later, at around 10:19 a.m. local time (0919GMT), a magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the town of Nevesinje, located 71 kilometers (44 miles) south of the capital Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Turkey calls for support to Albania amid quake
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 27 called for urgent support to Albania, as the country mourned dozens of people killed in an a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Nov. 26.
“Here, we have a duty. We, especially, as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] should take the steps a donors meeting will take and take our place in Albania regarding the demolished buildings. I believe us taking this step will be very beneficial,” Erdoğan said, while addressing the Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Islamic organization in Istanbul on Nov. 27.
“This is also a duty of fraternity,” he added.
Erdoğan said he held two phone conversations with Albanian Premier Edi Rama on Nov. 26, after he heard about the quake, to offer his condolences.
“The cities were in a total wreck,” he said.
Turkey has promptly sent aid to Albania over the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) and Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
“As a country, which suffered from great earthquakes in the past, we understand Albania’s pain,” Erdoğan said.
“We should all stand with Albania when it comes to the medical treatment of the injured or providing shelters to those who lost their homes,” he added.
'Israel is putting the world in danger'
Erdoğan also urged the world to show a strong stance against Israel’s policies in Palestine, saying Western countries’ support of those policies has increased the conflict in the region.
“Israel, who does not respect Palestinians’ right to life, property and work, is putting the region’s as well as the world’s future in danger,” Erdoğan said.
“As Turkey, we are determined on defending the privacy of Jerusalem,” he added.
Erdoğan also stressed the importance of Jerusalem for three religions, saying those “looting” the holy city is doing “wrong.”
“The West’s spoiling of Israel does not do anything other than stirring up the conflict,” he said.
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